An Illawarra high school physical education teacher has been sentenced to jail for a non-parole period of 20 months for having sex with two girls in his care.
Kurt Majoor, 25, pleaded guilty to both counts of sexual intercourse with a person under special care in June.
The girls were aged 16 and 17 while Majoor was a temporary teacher at Corrimal High School.
Majoor appeared in Wollongong District court on Thursday with his head held low during the five-hour sentencing.
The court heard the 16-year-old victim was in Year 10 when the pair had sex in the back of Majoor’s car one night in November 2016.
The teacher frequently contacted the student via Instagram, then arranged to pick her up from her home.
A second victim, a 17-year-old female pupil, was groomed by the teacher via Snapchat and Facebook.
The court heard Majoor repeatedly made sexual advances towards the girl, sending illicit messages and photos of his penis.
The pair had sex in the morning before school in February this year.
Rumours of the student-teacher relations spread around the school but both denied the allegations.
The girl then reported the incident to her mother and police, which led to Majoor’s arrest at his parents’ house where he lived.
The Department of Education immediately terminated Majoor’s employment as a teacher upon his arrest.
Victims say their lives have been ruined
Both girls submitted victim impact statements where they said the encounters ruined their lives.
The 16-year-old told the court she had been traumatised and was being treated for depression, anxiety and anger management.
She said she had not been able to eat, had lost a significant amount of weight and had to change schools.
Both victims endured severe bullying from fellow students.
They said their relations with the former teacher were wrong and wished it had never happened.
Both victims attended the sentencing with their families, as well as a large cohort of Majoor’s family and friends.
Court hears of ‘huge mistake’ by ‘outstanding member of society’
It heard he was held in high esteem for his contributions as a lifesaver and sportsman.
The judge considered positive personal references detailing how he had helped fellow inmates with literacy and health programs during his time in custody since February.
However the judge said taking into account his good character, he breached the trust of two vulnerable girls in his care who both required support from their offender.
A psychological report found an average risk of re-offending and average risk of sexual recidivism.
Eligible for release in October
On sentencing, the judge said Majoor showed little remorse or understanding of the harm he had caused his victims.
He was sentenced to three years and four months in prison with a non-parole period of one year and eight months.
He would be eligible for release in October 2018.
Both victims appeared visibly upset by the sentencing outcome.